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The Watch-box.

129 they kill a dozen brace of foxes of my next: and in the mean in a season. My hounds kill time, I remain, Gentlemen, double that number; ought it to

Your's, &c. be inferred from thence that they

ACASTUS: are twice as good?

All countries are not equally favourable to hounds. I hunt in three, all'as different as it is pos.

For the SPORTING MAGAZINE. sible to be; and the same hounds that behave well in one, fome.

The WATCH-BOX; a Tonijh times appear to behave indiffer.

Adventure. ently in another. famous pack, therefore, to change A Geetilcman, at a convivial their good country, for the bad quested that any one of the com. one I here allude to ; though, pany would be so obliging as to without doubt, they would be inform him, whether thole men, have well, they certainly would whom we fee equipped with poles meet with less success than they and lantherns o'nights in and are at present used to ; our cold, about the metropolis owe their Ainty hills would foon convince appellation of Watchmen, to them, that the difference of watching over the lives and pro. strength between 'one' fox and perties of their fellow-citizens, another ;--the difference of good or watching Time in his course, ness betwixt one hound and an in order to announce his arrival others are yet but trifles, when at the several stages marked upon compared with the more material the dial. The simplest questions difference of a good fcenting sometimes occafion a diversity of country, and a bad one.

opinion-luch was the effect of Great inequality of scent, is this — sentiments were divided very unfavourable to hounds with respect to the origin of the In healthy countries, the scent word under con Gderation, but all always lies, yet I have remarked were unanimous in allowing that that the many roads that cross vigilance in either case was ina them, and the many inclosures of dispensably necessary-that some poor land that furround them, of ihe fraternity might sometimes, render hunting in such countries, be caught napping was likewise at times, very difficult to höunds í admitted. the sudden change from a good As an instance of it, one of scent to a 'bad one, puzzles their the company told us the follow.. noses, and confuses their under. ing particulars of a trick put on standings; and many of them, a watchman irithin his remem, without doubt, follow the scent brance, which, as well as memory unwillingly, owing to the little will enable me, I mall give you credit that they give to it. In my in his own words. " A party of opinion, therefore, a scent which bons vivans, who were disposed is less good, but more equal, is for a frolic, after having inade more favourable to hounds. the glass circulate pretty freely

In the furimer part of my let. at a tavern, sallied forth in queft ters (if I recollect right) I men- of adventures, In their walk, tioned my dilike to bag foxes ; they discovered a watchman asleep and, with your leave, my objec- in his box, and immediately re. tions to them Ihall be the subject solved to puoil the unfortunate VOL. VII. No, XXXIX.

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The Hiftory of Hunting, centinel for his supineness. One every now and then be crying proposed taking away his lantern out to the man alleep, to be sure and pole; D- me," says another, not to awake, till they got into snatching up his rattle, let's the middle of an adjacent field, play you a tune on your own where they set him down. The inftrument, old boy ? A third next thing to be done was to hero would have nailed up his awake him, which they did by a box; but this, as well as the sudden inclination of the box, former, was over-ruled, for fear and emptying it of its contents, of waking hin, which they had as you may have seen a gravel or no mind to do, until some scheme dung cart; then letting it fall had been carried into execution back to its former position, they that might be a memento to him, kulked behind it, to observe the and afford them fome fun. issue of their contrivance. The

While they were deliberating, proftrate watchman awoke as said an Irishman, who was of from a trance, and wondering at the party, Arrah, be aisy, and the obfcurity he was involved in, don't be talking about it as long as well as other circumstances of as a parish veftry; blood and his fituation, wby, how now? 'ounds, and isn't it best to take what, all the lamps out ?' him and his house too, as you claimed he, am I awake? fure would a snail, with all his goods I am, this is not London ; how and chattels clear off the premises or when came I here? I am be. at once? o, by Jalus, you shall witched; ay, this comes of ride, fure enough, my jewel; I meddling with that old woman I believe its little the mother of carried to the watch-bous : you ever thought you'd have the thought as how the was a witch, honour of fitting in a sedan, and l-ay, these are your doings, dame of being carried by Patrick Grizzle! By this time he per. O'Connor, a gentleman every ceived the lantern, which one of inch of him-lo be quiet, and the bloods held at a distance, and don't trouble your head about imagining it to be his owo, in waking, and rubbing your eyes the eagerness of his pursuit after and all that, d'ye hear me, for it, a ditch received him in its you'll spoil a very good joke up to the neck, and must have now, and that's no joke at all at been suffocated, had not the auall.' The Hibernian's proposal thors of his misfortune been like: was no sooner heard, than agreed wise the instrument of his preto į accordingly, with poies, servation," which they had procured, up they lifted the snoring watchman, and having dispatched one to

The HISTORY, Of. HUNTING bribe those of his fellows through whose diftri& they were to pass, T. the Editors of the Sporting (well knowing, by experience,

Magazine. people of this class are feldom GENİLEMEN,

RESUMING you have not proceeded with their charge and PRI all the insignia of his office, with readers any account of a similar

as yet laid before your out any noise, exçept what was made by the Irishman, who would ing the History of Hunting. I

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13? take the liberty to request the haa vanguithed; thel chiefs and infertion, which, if it may be leaders began to appropriate the found worthy your notice, you right of hunting, and instead of may expe&t to receive, åt to me a natural right, to make it a royal future period, a continuation. If one. Thus it continues to this not approved, you will be pleased day, the right of hunting, among to mention it in your acknow. us, belonging only to the king, Tedgments to correspondents next and those who derive it from month; and, as I am not partial him. to any particular sport of the And fience have arifen all our field, but a friend to them all, I laws and charters of the forelt, thall nor hebitate to subfcribe laws and regulations for prefermyself, Gentlemen,

vation of the game, &c. Your refpe&tful

The hunting used by the an. Humble servant, cienrs was much like that now

A GENERSE HUNTER. I practised for the rein deer; which Newbery,

is feldom hunted at force, or with Dec. 23; 1795

hounds : but only drawn with a

blood-hound, and foretalled with HUNTING, in its generat fenfe, nets and engines. Thus did they includes the pursuit both of hairy with all beasts; whencé à dog is and feathered game; but in iis never commended by them for moré proper and restrained fig; opening, before he has discovered nification, it is only applicable where the beast lies: hence they to beafts of venery and chace. were not in any manner curious

F. De Launay, profeffor of the as to the mulic of their hounds, French laws, has an express tréad or the compolition of their ken. tite of hunting. We kud, thats nel or pack, either for deepnels, among the more civilized nations, loodness, or tweetness of cry, as the Pérgians, Greeks, and Rod which is becoine a principal maps, it always made one of point in the hunting of our days. their géntéelet diversions; and as Their huntsmen, indécd, were to the wilder and more barbarous, accustomed to thout and make a It served them with food and ne-great noise, as Virgil observes in ceffaries. The Roman jurispru- the third of his Georgics : ingen. dence, which was formed on the tem clamore premes ad retia cervum. Hiánners of the first agės, made a Bue that clamour was only to law of it

, and establihed it as a bring the deer to the nets laid for maxim, that as the natural rights him, of things, which have no malter, The Sicilian way of hunting belongs to the first poffeffor ; had something in it very extraorwild beasts, birds, and fishes, are dinary. The wobles or gentry the property of him, whoever he being informed which way å herd bë, ihat can first ráké théin. of deer parled, gave notice to one

But the northern nations of another, and appointed a meeting, Barbarians, who over-ran the every one bringing with him a Roman Empire, bringing with cross-bow or long-bow, and a. them a stronger taste for the di- bundle of faves, iod with iron, verfion, and the people being now the heads bored, with a cord par poffeffied of other, and more calying through them all: thus promeans of subsistence from the vided, they came to the herd, and lands and ponteftions of those they cafting themselves about in a

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Cbristmas Box. large ring, surrounded the deer. canals destined for their conveye -Then each taking his stand, ance; and there are few people unbound his faggot, set up his not uiterly abandoned to idleness Itake, and tied the end of his cord and debauchery of some kind or to that of his next neighbour, at other, who do not perceive a the distance of ten feet from one spontaneous flow of spirits when another. Then taking feathers, they ride at or about the rise of dyed in crimson, and faitened on the fun, when they respire the a' thread, they tied them to the purest air, when variety of percord; so that with the least breath petually changing scenes present of wind, they would whirl round. ihemselves, and when the mind -Which done, the persons who is agreeably agitated concerning kept the stands withdrew, and hid the event of the chace themselves in the next covert.

Then the chief ranger entering within the line, with hounds, to For the SPORTING MAGAZINE. draw after the herd, roused the game with their cry; which ily

CHRISTMAS Box. ing towards the line, were turned

N and feathers

find that this custom de. about as if kept in with a real rived its existence much about wall or pale.

the time that mass was first said The ranger ftill pursued, and by a Catholic priest, Rome, calling, every person by name, as which originally gave birth to he pafled by their ftand, com fuperftition, had an incredible manded him to Noot the first, number of clergy to support, and third, or fixth, as he pleased; I among other devices, ihis was and if any of them missed, or invented as one, and took its Angled out another than thai af. name of mas from the Latin figned him, it was counted a word mitto (to send). grievous disgrace.

This word mitto was a kind of By such means, as they passed remembrancer, or rather dictator, by the several stations, the whole which said, “ send gifts, offerherd was killed by the several ings, and oblations to the priesty, bands,

that they

may intercede with Hunting, conlidered as an ex Christ to save your soul by say. ercise, is perhaps the best that can ing so many malles. poffibly be contrived for strength Hence it was, called Christ's ening ibe general habit, and pro- mass, or, as it is now abbreviated, curing health and vigour. The Christmas. season of the year, the time of the Thus far the etymology of the day destined for this amusement, word is indisputable, and every and the motion necessary on this man who bas attended to the mi. occasion, are all admirably adap- nutia of sacred hiftory, must 'ted to the restoration and conti know the fact to be as here re. nuance of health. It is, besides, lated. of no small importance to have The word box, is a part of the the mind recreaied at the time the same priest-craft trade, and took body is exercised; for this admi- its origin from the following cirrably a flifts the due circulation of cumstance: the fuids through the minute Whenever a fhip failed from

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Chara&ter of the Mabrattås as Horfemen, &c. 133 any of those ports where the re tinues a custom, althou h what ligious profession was under the was folicited for the benefit of authority of Rome, a certain the foul in former days, is in the saint was always named, unto present time appropriated to the whose protection its safety was fenfual gratifications of the body; committed, and in that Mip there as what the priests got for fasting was a hox, and into that box and praying, is now ipent by the every poor person put something, laity in eating and drinking. in order to induce the priests to pray to that saint for the safe re

CHARACTER of the MAHRÄTTAS turn of the vessel, which box was

as HORSEMEN and FARRIERS. locked up by the priests, who said that the money should not be (From Lieutenant More's Narrataken out until the vessel came

tive of Captain Little's Deback.

tachment.) This box was called “ Chrift's HE Mahrattas, as horseMass-box."

men and farriers," says To vallals and servants, who the author, " affuredly deserve at that time composed a great

the best cattle, from

the part of the lower order of the care they bestow on them: a people, there was allowed Mahratta, when dismounted, is liberty of foliciting gifts from continually shampooing his horse: the rich, in order to enable them this is perforined by rubbing him to put money into the box, as violently with his elbows and well for masses, and for the safe wrists, and bending the animal's return of the ship, as for the be joints quickly backward and for. pefit of their own souls, and the ward with a cenfiderable exertion forgiveness of fins.

of strength ; by these means, a This proving lucrative to the horse will keep his flesh with half clergy, they lo contrived in due the quantity of provifion that he time, that' the custom became will require when they are neguniversal, and the priests, had lected. Very few horses be. boxes wherever there was a cha- longing to inferior people in the pel in which mass was said : and Mahratra camp had more than a as without the penny there was no feer and a half per day, and, if paternoster, so it became a regular forage was plentiful, a feer, or custom at the festivals of the Na. less, perhaps, would be his. altivity, of Easter, and of Whitsun. | lowance;: the usual quantity tide, to put money in those given to our hories was four or boxes,

five seers a day, and they never In process of time, the thip looked better than the Mahratmoney was totally laid aside, and tas'; it must, however, be obthe priests took hold.of Lent as served, that without good lookthe principal time to collect mafi ing after, it is a common pra&tice money for the remission of fins

; with the fies, or grooms of Eu. but still the old custom of poor ropean gentlemen, to embezzle a people foliciting gifts continued ; part, and

part, and not unfrequently a and as the winter season was best considerable part of the horse's adapted to excite charity, the grain; and not being equally in. money for Christ's Mass box was terested with the Mahrattas, are folicited at the close of the year, not at equal pains to shampoo and from that time to this, con• their moster's horses.

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